For most Milwaukee County homeowners, spring, and certainly summer, is the finale is close … of fireplace season, that is.
Most homeowners in Milwaukee County shut the flue for six months in March or early April. Before doing so, ask yourself: Isn’t this an ideal opportunity to ensure the chimney is set for October or November, when the fireplace is relit?
Yes, for a big reason beyond the usual precautions of chimney safety and maintenance.
Until April 18 – yes, Tax Day – Quality Fireplace will forego the $100 trip charge for a preventive maintenance chimney scan at your Milwaukee County dwelling in Milwaukee County. Unlike Uncle Sam, the certified, experienced experts at Quality Fireplace want to leave more cash in your pocket.
A chimney scan is recommended for many reasons. Spotting excessive creosote accumulation can avert a dangerous chimney fire. Detecting cracks or gaps in flue tiles allows repairs before the problem deteriorates and becomes more expensive. The National Fire Protection Association recommends annual chimney inspections for residence with wood-burning fireplaces.
A chimney scan employs a video camera to record a 360-degree record of your chimney’s state. If areas of concern are spotted, you’ll receive the photos via e-mail. You’ll also get an estimate for fixing the issue; a chimney liner is usually the simplest, most cost-effective answer.
A chimney’s interior has to be relatively clean for the scan to work. A quick visual check will determine if your chimney needs sweeping; if so, the cost for chimneys in Milwaukee County is $199 to sweep masonry chimneys, and $150 for prefab structures.
The entire process of scanning and sweeping, if necessary a chimney can take a couple hours. Afterward, you’ll rest easy knowing your chimney is prepared for fall fireplace usage; if fix-ups or maintenance are advised, you’ll know the cost and extent.
Some might term this “peace of mind.” Add in the $100 trip charge savings, and “piece of cake” comes to mind, too. After all, who couldn’t use an extra hundred bucks around Tax Day?
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